LaLiga – Villarreal take on Mallorca

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Next Sunday at 6:30pm GMT, on matchday 13 of the LaLiga, we will see Villarreal play Mallorca at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

As it stands, Mallorca will go to the Estadio de la Ceramica in twelfth place, Villarreal are currently in eighth.

It’s 18 points so far for Villarreal this season, going into this meeting

Quique Setien will hope that success brings further success, as his side look for another win in a row. Their last two outings resulted in victories against Athletic Bilbao and Almería.

Also, Villarreal have now lost three of their last five matches, a worrying statistic that has to be addressed by Manager Quique Setien. Now they have 5 matches won, 4 games lost and 3 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in eighth place, with a total of 18 points having won five meetings, drawn three fixtures, and lost four games.

Playing at home, Villarreal have won three meetings and drawn one game.

Victory for Villarreal would take their points tally to 21 so far this season.

A solid defensive team

Villarreal have shown a decent defensive solidity, having so far only conceded eight goals in their previous fixtures. The number of goals that a team scores can sometimes give a misleading impression of performance. Villarreal have found the net 14 times (13 from open play and one penalty), but their performance at times this season has been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Alex Baena (4), Gerard Moreno (2), and Arnaut Danjuma (2).

It is likely that five key players will miss Sunday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Quique Setien and his Villarreal team.

Mallorca’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 13 points this season

With one draw, which followed a defeat, Mallorca’s recent form has not been great. They will be looking to return to winning ways in this next match.

Also, suffering four losses in eight meetings is a terrible run of form for any club, Javier Aguirre’s Mallorca will know this and will be hopeful of turning it around. With a twelfth position in the league and 3 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws, they currently have 13 points in the League having won three matches, drawn four games, and lost five fixtures.

Mallorca’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Villarreal. In the 6 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two games, drawn two meetings, and lost two matches.

Winning this fixture will see Mallorca on 16 points.

Mallorca’s squad will likely be depleted of four of their key players when they start on Sunday, due to injury or illness.

Villarreal v Mallorca – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels this fixture has historically favoured the locals, in terms of results.Villarreal have recorded 14 victories and nine draws. Also, Mallorca are unbeaten in their last five meetings played at the Estadio de la Ceramica against Villarreal. In their most recent meeting of this fixture was January 2022, when Villarreal walked away as 3-0 winners.

Other standout players for Villarreal are Alex Baena and Gerard Moreno with four goals both and for Mallorca are Vedat Muriqi and Kang In Lee with six goals each.